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Beirut’s Bright Future As A Tech Hub For MENA, If Its Politicians Will Allow It Print E-mail
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Written by Malek   
Sunday, 05 April 2015 15:18

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As my flight out of Beirut reached cruising altitude, and the seat buckle lights flickered off, I leant back in my chair and wondered if I had, in fact left the country just in time. Admittedly, it wasn’t quite an ‘Argo-esue’ escape from another Middle Eastern country, but labelling a controversial government minister on a conference stage as an “idiot” maybe wasn’t the wisest of moves. Beirut is not a town known for its placid history, after all. Furthermore, my comment had made the front page of the Beirut Daily Star the next day. Perhaps it was just as well that I left the next day.

But the trip was worth it. Beirut is rapidly shaping up to be a powerhouse for startups in the Middle East. It has many of the key elements: a highly entrepreneurial culture; incubators and accelerators; venture capital; some gradually favourable government policy and access to growth funding. The exits and the ‘PayPal mafias’ may be a ways off but its a beginning. In part because it is the most liberal state in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa)region, and has a western-style banking system bequeathed to it by the French a long time ago, Lebanon is uniquely poised to generate startups which aim both at the Arab world and the wider world at large.

 
Here are the salaries of 13 major world leaders Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 March 2015 17:17

 
The cloud War - AWS, Azure, Softlayer, Google Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 January 2015 17:30

A very interesting chart about the cloud war btw Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM and many others vendors

As a consumer, or company many different options to host your Data and Business

 

 
The 102 Smartest Private Colleges In America Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 December 2014 23:23

By: Jonathan Wai and Jenna Goudreau
In order to determine a school's overall smarts, Jonathan Wai, a Duke University Talent Identification Program researcher, analyzed the average standardized test scores that schools report to US News. (Those that did not report scores are not included.) If you're looking for exclusivity, academic excellence, and exposure to the brainiest students in the US, you may want to check out the universities below

 Here are the smartest private colleges in America:

 
Google Voted Best Place to Work in America Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 December 2014 01:43

 
The European Parliament Just Voted To Break Up Google Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:19

The European Parliament has passed a historic vote to break up US tech giant Google.

The EU doesn't actually have the power to break up the company, but it does send a message to Google that the EU is unhappy with its business practises. 

Legislators in Strasbourg voted 458 to 173 in favour of the proposal.

The European Parliament has never voted to break up a company before, making this a historic decision. The antitrust commission is concentrating on four areas of investigation:

  • The way Google displays its search services compared to its competitors.
  • How Google uses content from other websites.
  • Google's dominance over advertising on search terms.
  • Restrictions that surround how advertisers can move their campaigns to other search engines.

 
10 Signs You Have What It Takes To Be A Game-Changing Leader Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:39

James Rosebush, On Leadership

 

Not all leaders are game-changers.

Game-changers are supercharged leaders.

They stir the pot, alter the strategy, move the ball, and redesign the construct. They shift and alter. They are the leaders that affect history.

Here are few signs you may — or may not — be one. 

1. You're restless.
You have a low tolerance for boredom. People might advise: "get calm, quiet and centered, slow down." But if you look at people who have introduced new technologies that have changed the world — from John D. Rockefeller to Elon Musk — their stories are ones of restlessness. It's OK if you are or are not. We need a balance in society of the restless and the calm.
2. You worry.
Worry can be converted into positive energy, but you have to know how to do it, to link opportunity to it, and to impersonalize and de-victimize yourself from it. Sit yourself down in chair and place another chair opposite you. Put the worry in the other chair and talk to it. Master it. Tell it what to do and that you are going to use it as a catapult for leadership. De-couple it from your own personality. Doing this can have powerful results. It unchains the mind. Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, told me that even she worried every time she got up on stage. She harnessed it, used it as fuel. Worry did not defeat her.

 
These 5 Countries Execute The Most People Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 October 2014 21:02

 
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